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Chapter 115: Start of the Final Battle

    "Is the Body Sect really so scary?" Wang Dong asked doubtfully.

    Ma Xiaotao nodded seriously and said, "They're very scary. There's not many who can be mentioned in the same breath as Shrek Academy in the Douluo Continent. The Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy is one of those who can. They represent the highest abilities of the Sun Moon Empire. All of you are the academy's core disciples now, and it shouldn't be a problem for all of you to enter the inner courtyard in the future. I think it's fine if I tell all of you. There's a place called the Sea God's Pavilion on our Shrek Academy's Sea God Island. The elders of our academy live there, which includes Elder Xuan. It's also the organization in our academy with the highest authority and power. Even the 4 current vice-deans hold little authority in the Sea God's Pavilion. There's a saying in the world of soul masters that there are 3 strong powers on the Douluo Continent. One of them is the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's Illustrious Virtue Hall. Another is our Shrek Academy's Sea God's Pavilion. The last one is the Body Sect. Does anyone know why the Sea God's Pavilion was established?"

    "The Body Sect's appearance once led to a huge catastrophe. Shrek Academy tried to resist them, but we lost."

    "Shrek Academy was high-flying at that point in time too. But the Body Sect was even more powerful. To resist them, the academy had no choice but to recall many of their top-ranked students, and set up the Sea God's Pavilion. The academy gathered all its strength to defeat the Body Sect, and managed to avert a catastrophe. Ever since that incident, the Body Sect hid itself, and never made any further movements."

    Huo Yuhao was stunned as he asked, "Wouldn't the Body Sect be just like the evil soul masters if they threaten the continent? Why didn't the soul masters team up together to deal with them?"

    Ma Xiaotao shook her head and answered, "The Body Sect and evil soul masters are different. They're neither good nor evil, and they do things to achieve what they want. They are also very domineering, and thus they are not very popular among the others on the continent. But they did contribute something positive to the continent before. However, very little people know about it. It's almost impossible to get rid of the Body Sect. It's said that where they're located is the scourge of the earth. It's easy to defend, and difficult for others to attack it. Without three times the Body Sect's abilities, it's almost impossible to penetrate their defenses. And how difficult would it be to gather a force that is both more than three times their ability and willing to sacrifice itself?"

    Huo Yuhao had never expected the Body Sect to be so powerful. No wonder they were not afraid of Shrek Academy.

    Ma Xiaotao continued, saying, "The secret files in the academy did record the re-appearance of the Body Sect once more. Occasionally, their members would also appear in the continent. But they didn't cause any huge uproar. Do you know what huge catastrophe the Body Sect almost brought about? All of you will realize how strong they are once I describe it."

    "That time, almost 40 members of the Body Sect snuck into the Star Dou Forest and killed seven hundred thousand year soul beasts. This led to a huge uproar among the beasts in the Star Dou Forest, and they rushed out of the forest in an attempt to mount an attack on us. This almost caused a disaster. The Four Great Savage Beasts of the Star Dou Forest teamed up to attack Shrek City. The reason why we stopped fighting with the Body Sect is because they joined us to resist the attack of the beasts. It was also during that time that we discovered that the Body Sect was above us in terms of overall ability. The wave of beasts that attacked ensued for a year, until the academy started to recall students back. At least tens of villages were massacred in that time. Eventually, we reached a compromise with the Body Sect, and their leader back then swore not to enter the Star Dou Forest to hunt hundred thousand year soul beasts anymore. This ended the catastrophe. However, the soul beasts in the Star Dou Forest were angered, and soul masters encountered powerful soul beast much more frequently when they entered the Star Dou Forest for the next 500 years.

    Huo Yuhao focused and listened. He was amazed that the Four Great Savage Beasts actually existed in the Star Dou Forest.

    The Skydream Iceworm's voice sounded at this moment. "I know about this too. I was trapped in the forest then too. The savage beasts that she mentioned were the ones who imprisoned me. But they shouldn't be the strongest creatures in the Star Dou Forest. That's because I overheard them mentioning a frightening presence that slept beneath the Star Dou Forest. They called this thing their leader. I'm not sure about the cultivation of this thing, but they sacrificed at least half of my soul power to this leader of theirs using some special ritual. That leader must be very powerful. From my estimation, its cultivation must be the greatest among all the soul beasts on the continent. I fear that only the Hegemon in the ocean can match up to it."

    The Ice Empress seemed to be very interested when they talked about this, "Yes, I heard the Snow Empress mention before that Star Dou Forest is the scariest place on the continent. She warned me never to enter it easily. Over there, there's someone who's more powerful than her."

    Not just one? Huo Yuhao was horrified. From the Ice Empress and Skydream Iceworm's evaluations, it must be a Transcendent Soul Beast that had cultivated for at least five hundred thousand years! The Star Dou Forest was actually so scary. He had dared to enter the forest to hunt soul beasts even before he had a soul ring. He was indeed very naïve then!

    Ma Xiaotao said, "The Body Sect's ambivalence towards good and evil is indeed a headache. But it's not that we didn't want to settle them then. On account of the fact that they tried to right their wrong, it's clear to see that they are not too evil. Also, it will be a disaster if we fight the Body Sect. The Sun Moon Continent has been bound by our Douluo Continent for a thousand years, and even possesses the tendency to counter-attack against us."

    That's why the conference held within the Sea God's Pavilion decided that our academy should settle our dispute with the Body Sect through a compromise."

    Jiang Nannan was a little irritable as she said, "Then the commoners died for nothing?"

    Ma Xiaotao glanced at her before replying, "I'm sorry, I've no idea how to answer this question of yours. I can only say that our academy did what we could. We stopped the wave of beasts from the Great Star Dou Forest and saved at least tens of thousands of commoners. We also resolved our dispute with the Body Sect to preserve our powers for the protection of the continent. I'm unsure of the detailed situation then though."

    Jiang Nannan was silent, but it was clear that she disliked that compromise from the look of resentment in her eyes.

    Xu Sanshi walked over to pat her shoulder, but Jiang Nannan shrugged her shoulder with force.

    Ma Xiaotao said to Huo Yuhao, "I don't think the Body Sect will dare to do anything with Elder Xuan here. But you must still be careful. From now on, don't leave the hotel on your own. You must travel with the rest of us. Things will be fine when we return to the academy. Regardless of how strong the Body Sect is, they won't dare to come to Shrek Academy."

    "Alright." Huo Yuhao replied hurriedly.

    Ma Xiaotao looked at the slightly weird expressions of the rest and said, "Are all of you interested in our relationship? Listen carefully now. Yuhao will be my younger brother from now on. He won't be any different from my biological younger brother. That's it. Alright, all of you can return to your own rooms to cultivate now."

    Everyone left except Ma Xiaotao and Wang Dong, who remained in Huo Yuhao's room.

    Ma Xiaotao was puzzled as she looked at Wang Dong. She asked, "Why aren't you leaving?"

    Wang Dong snorted and asked, "Why aren't you leaving?"

    Ma Xiaotao said, "I have something to tell Yuhao."

    Wang Dong raised his chest and said, "I want to cultivate with him. Don't you know that we are martial fusion soul skill partners? Our martial souls are almost perfectly compatible. We'll achieve success much faster if we cultivate together."

    Ma Xiaotao creased her brows and said, "Okay, then you can remain here. You say that you are even better-looking than a girl as a guy. Be careful of becoming a sissy."

    "You..." Wang Dong was furious. But he seemed to think of something as his eyeballs rolled, which caused his anger to dissipate. He sat down and remained silent after he snorted.

    Ma Xiaotao said to Huo Yuhao in a low voice, "Younger brother, this matter regarding the Body Sect is likely to be more troublesome than you imagine. Come to think about it, the talents that you've displayed are too outstanding. Furthermore, you're still young, and it's easier to shape you. No wonder the Body Sect is tempted, and even send someone to watch the entire Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament."

    Huo Yuhao said, "Elder sister, don't worry. Nothing will go wrong with Elder Xuan around."

    Ma Xiaotao furrowed her brows and said, "You don't understand the Body Sect. They're capable of resorting to anything to achieve their goals. Because they have the abilities to achieve their goals, it makes them scarier. I'm staying here to warn you not to resist if the Body Sect tries to abduct you. Just follow them. The Body Sect is very protective of their own members. They appreciate your talent, but I don't think they will harm you."

    Huo Yuhao didn't expect Ma Xiaotao to say something like this, and he resolutely retorted, "Elder sister, I won't join the Body Sect no matter what."

    Ma Xiaotao was stunned. "Younger brother, don't think like that. Although you are part of Shrek, we're an academy, not a sect. No one will really restrict you. Even if the academy has high hopes for you, your safety is the most important when it comes to the critical moment."

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "No, elder sister. Everything that I have right now was given to me by the academy. I'm a member of Shrek Academy, and I'm willing to fight for Shrek's glory. Shrek is my home. No matter how strong the Body Sect is, it's obvious that they are not suited for me from their behavior. I'm an orphan, and have no kith or kin. The academy is my home."

    Looking at the resolute look in his eyes, Ma Xiaotao could not help but think to herself, "This kid is really cute! No wonder the elders of the Sea God's Pavilion held a conference for him." Perhaps Elder Xuan's appearance was not a coincidence after all.

    Ma Xiaotao stood up and said, "Yuhao, I'm happy because of your attachment to Shrek. But you must remember that things are only possible if you're alive. You can't be too stubborn as a person. A great man needs to know when to yield and when not to."

    After speaking, she glanced at Wang Dong once more before leaving Huo Yuhao's room.

    Wang Dong followed her to the door and asserted his authority as he closed it.

    Huo Yuhao said, "Wang Dong, go back and rest first. I'll find you later."

    "Oh? Are you scared? I actually agree with her words that preserving your life is more important. If the Body Sect abducts you, don't be stubborn." Wang Dong said worriedly.

    Huo Yuhao didn't know whether to laugh or cry. "What's there to be scared about? Nothing is scary with Elder Xuan around. I've never overthought the Body Sect all this while. Who can predict the future? It's just that I gained some experience and developed some thoughts towards soul tools after seeing the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's performance. I need some time to think things over, but I'll find you later. Don't think so much."

    "This..." Wang Dong was a little angry as he growled, "You're taking my goodwill as malicious. Go and slowly think." After he finished, he opened the door and left. He even shut the door quite hard.

    Huo Yuhao touched his nose and felt as if an unexpected calamity had arrived.

    The Body Sect's appearance didn't exactly stir up his feelings much. But as Ma Xiaotao said, there was at least one thing that he doesn't have to be afraid of no matter what ploy the Body Sect used in the future. The Body Sect wanted to take him in and not hurt him. What was there for him to be afraid of? He was more focused on the start of the finals.

    After witnessing Ma Rulong's tremendous powers today, he was not confident that they would win! It was also his first time seeing how Ma Rulong was so frightening with his use of soul tools.

    Huo Yuhao's pupils turned golden as he stood up, and 2 of his soul rings quietly appeared. The dim golden color amidst the white was the Skydream Iceworm's soul ring, while the darker purple soul ring was an imitation of his second soul skill.

    The rise in his capabilities caused the burden on him to increase greatly. The Skydream Iceworm kept on releasing the powers that he had sealed to increase the strength of his soul ring, just like he had mentioned before. The strength of his second soul ring was at about five thousand years right now.

    "It's a pity there're only 2 rings." Huo Yuhao's clenched his fist. What he needed the most now was the accumulation of time.

    He stripped off his outer wear and sat cross-legged on the bed. He did not meditate, but recalled the performance of Ma Rulong earlier. Along with his own understanding of soul tools, he comprehended that soul tool strategy.

    Star Luo City. As the Star Luo Empire's capital, it had already been overcrowded for a few days.

    Overcrowding in the city meant that every street was full of people.

    The semifinals of the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament had already ended. After the Semifinals ended, a queue had already formed in Star Luo Plaza. Some even queued for 2 days and 2 nights straight because they wanted to watch the finals of the tournament. This was one thing that they would probably rave about for the rest of their lives.

    Moreover, the finals would be conducted in their entirety in 1 day even, though it was divided into a team round, an individual round and a 2-2-3 fight. This was indeed an exciting event, and it would be worth it to watch it, although they had to endure the suffering now.

    The Star Luo Empire had also deployed 10,000 more elite troops to maintain order in the city. All the shops in the city extended their operating hours too. To accommodate the sudden rise in the city's population, various types of resources were transferred from surrounding major cities. In an instant, Star Luo City had reached a bustling state never seen before.

    Without a doubt, the economic benefits to the Star Luo Empire brought about by the tournament were immeasurable. No wonder many empires competed to host the tournament, but still had to reach a compromise eventually, so that the tournament was held by a different country every time.

    The 2 finalists, Shrek Academy and the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, represented the strongest powers on the continent. There was an enormous amount of anticipation for the finals.

    However, the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy was odds on to defeat the Shrek Academy on the black market due to Shrek Academy's weak lineup. They were given a 65% probability to emerge victorious, compared to Shrek Academy's 35% chance.

    However, no one would believe that Shrek Academy would lose so easily. Even the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy thought so too. After all, Shrek Academy's students were all filled with potential. No one knew what kind of powers they would display, or whether they had anymore tricks up their sleeves.

    In the previous rounds, they had already dished out surprising performances several times. In the finals, they would definitely give their all to protect Shrek Academy's glory. It was thus difficult to predict what the result would be.

    Today's weather was not very good. There were gloomy clouds, and a dim fog even covered Star Luo City. Light drizzles fell occasionally and brought about a sense of chill to this majestic city.

    However, the spectators' warmth and passion didn't fall even with the sense of chill that struck the city. The finals of the Continental Elite Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament were about to start. An ultimate battle was about to begin.

    Right now, both teams were on their way to Star Luo Plaza. Troops were deployed along the way to restrain the people who were shouting and screaming their names. Many of those who were unable to gain admission into Star Luo Plaza were gathered at the sides of the street to get a close look at both teams' members.

    Ling Luochen was in the middle of Shrek Academy's team, and occasionally lifted her head into the sky. Her pretty face rippled with a tinge of happiness. Since she controlled the ice element, this gloomy weather that signified a possibility of rain was undoubtedly very beneficial for her! Moreover, she was also aided by Huo Yuhao.

    Wang Yan had discussed their strategies yesterday and made further adjustments to account for the weather today. Everyone was overly nervous because of the upcoming finals. However, it was inevitable that they would feel like that.

    Shrek Academy wasn't the only nervous one. The Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's students were even more nervous. This was the closest that their academy had ever been to winning the tournament! They were extremely powerful, while the Shrek Academy team's lineup was comparatively weaker too. This kind of opportunity only came once in a lifetime. They were more nervous because they were so close to becoming the champions.

    Even the normally arrogant Xiao Hongchen was very tense now. Occasionally, he would take a peek at the Shrek Academy members that graced the red carpet with them today. His competitive streak and hunger were piqued as he watched them.

    Meng Hongchen was much better compared to Xiao Hongchen's anxiety and buzz. Meng Hongchen's gaze landed on Wang Dong.

    From the side, Wang Dong's facial lines were extremely smooth. Although he was still young, his figure was already very slender. Meng Hongchen observed him in a different way from the others.

    She thought to herself as she looked at Wang Dong, "Wow, his eyelashes are really long. Not only are they long, but they're also raised. They're so beautiful, and even longer than mine by a lot. His eyes are pinkish-blue, and there's an indescribable allure about him. He's 12 years old, 2 years younger than I am. His twin martial soul is also considered..."

    She was already feeling a little hot in her head as she thought till this point. For some reason, she kept thinking of Wang Dong after he had struck up a conversation with her that day. Even Wang Dong was unaware that he had caused her to develop a pure and intense crush on him.

    The red carpet led all the way to the resting area before looping around the arena. On top of the city walls in the distance, the Star Luo Emperor had already led the Star Luo Empire's officials up. This showed his respect for the two teams that were about to compete.

    Huo Yuhao was very calm now. Wang Yan had talked to both him and Wang Dong last night for some time before he left. His competitive streak had never been so high before. While his powers were nothing in comparison to the other team members of both academies, things changed quickly in a competition. He wanted to compete, and thirsted for victory. He hoped to further Shrek Academy's glory with his own hard work.

    He turned his attention to the top of the city wall unintentionally. At first glance, he could already see the Star Luo Emperor, as well as Princess Jiu Jiu on his left.

    Princess Jiu Jiu also saw him, but she didn't seem too friendly.

    In the next instant, Huo Yuhao's body suddenly jerked. The composure that he had maintained was suddenly overwhelmed by horror.

    It was a middle-aged man that appeared to be more than 30 years old. He wore golden armor, but no helmet. This revealed his facial features. His eyes were sunken, and his pupils flashed within his blue eyes. He looked a little thin, but he gave off a tough feel. He was charming, resilient, tall and straight, but also bursting with energy as he stood beside the Star Luo Emperor.

    It's, it's him...

    How could Huo Yuhao remain calm upon seeing this person?

    Yes, the White Tiger Duke that protected the Star Luo Empire's western border had returned for the finals. It wasn't just because this was the finals of the tournament, but also because he wanted to see his eldest son compete.

    Since Huo Yuhao saw the White Tiger Duke, Dai Yueheng naturally saw him too. An excited flame lit up in his eyes as he saw his father, and he clenched his fists.

    The White Tiger Duke, Dai Hao, only nodded slightly at him. He encouraged Dai Yueheng using the expression in his eyes. As Dai Yueheng had treated his father as his role model since his youth, the look that Dai Hao gave him caused his competitive streak to surge. The previous anxiety that he felt was now gone.

    The Star Luo Emperor revealed a dim smile on his face as he saw the team members from both teams entering the resting area. He nodded at the White Tiger Duke beside him.

    "Silence, the competition is about to start. Your Majesty, please." Dai Hao shouted in a deep voice. He did not use a sound-amplifying soul tool, but his voice still echoed far away. His vigorous energy spread out from the top of the city wall just like this.

    All the peacekeeping troops lifted their weapons high and shouted, "Kill, kill, kill-!" At the same time, the entire Star Luo Plaza was filled with a strong killing intent.

    The peacekeeping troops were all engulfed by passion and fanaticism. In their eyes, there was only the commander standing at the top of the city wall. The White Tiger Duke's authority in the military was even above the emperor's to a certain extent!

    The Star Luo Emperor wasn't displeased because of this. He continued to smile, while all the spectators all kept their silence because of the strong killing intent.

    The Star Luo Emperor smiled and said, "The last time the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament was held in Star Luo City was 20 years ago. Both myself and Dai Hao were only youths then. Fast forward 20 years, and I'm already the ruler of an empire, while Dai Hao is also the top commander in the empire. We're about to witness a battle between the strongest youths on the continent. I'm feeling very excited. I hope both teams can present an exciting contest for every spectator. As per tradition, the winner of this tournament will be awarded 3 soul bones and 1 million gold soul coins. I have already picked out 10 of the most outstanding soul bones from our treasury for the winner to choose from. I wanted Dai Hao to host today's final, but one of Shrek Academy's team members is his eldest son. For fairness' sake, today's referee will still be the Heavenfiend Douluo."

    "Without further ado, let's all watch this historical battle."

    After the Star Luo Emperor finished speaking, a streak of radiance flashed from the top of the city wall. It appeared in the center of the stage in the next moment. It was the Heavenfiend Douluo, Huang Jinxu.

    However, his body jerked slightly after he landed on the stage. He turned his attention subconsciously to the resting area. His gaze landed on Shrek's team.

    A slovenly elder that carried a wine gourd had suddenly appeared behind them. As he saw the Heavenfiend Douluo looking over, he pinched his brow slightly, while Huang Jinxu became a little frantic, and quickly turned his head.

    Everyone from Shrek Academy and the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy discovered the arrival of this slovenly elder because of the referee's gaze.

    "Elder Xuan, you're here." Wang Yan said in surprise.

    Elder Xuan too out another chicken drumstick from somewhere and took a bite. He said indistinctly, "Just give whatever instructions you have to and take it that I'm not here. No one will dare to play any tricks since I'm here." Without a doubt, the Taotie Douluo was here to hold the fort for Shrek Academy.

    Upon seeing him, the faces of the teachers from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Academy changed. They naturally recognized Elder Xuan. According to the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's research, this Taotie Douluo's cultivation was already above Rank 97. He was the strongest in Shrek Academy. However, this was as much as they were able to discover, as the Sea God's Pavilion was too secretive.

    The Heavenfiend Douluo also knew Elder Xuan, otherwise he wouldn't have lost his composure. However, he recovered quickly, and said in a low voice, "I am Huang Jinxu, the referee for the finals of the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament. I shall announce the competition rules."

    Although both parties were familiar with the rules, they still had to be announced as part of protocol.

    "The finals will be divided into the team round, the individual round and the 2-2-3 round. A team must win at least 2 victories to be the overall winner. For the team round, each team will send 7 members out. After the team round, each team will have one chance to change their competing members. No further chances will be given. In the other 2 rounds, the 7 competing members cannot be changed. The team that wins 2 rounds will then be crowned the champion. Both teams can do what they want, and the referee will be responsible for everyone's safety. Once the referee thinks that a particular move is fatal, he will intervene and eliminate the losing side. But because of the ever-changing conditions, the referee cannot guarantee absolute safety. I hope that both teams will know their limits. Right now, please prepare to send your team members up to the stage within 1 minute."

    As the competition rules were announced, the atmosphere in Star Luo Plaza tensed up. The spectators became extremely silent as they waited. Everyone widened their eyes. Although the competition was yet to begin, they were unwilling to miss out on anything.

    Wang Yan stood up and spoke to all 10 students from Shrek Academy in a deep voice, "Follow our original strategy. Shrek will win."

    "Shrek will win." 10 people stood up together and roared in a unified, determined voice.

    Wang Yan turned his attention towards Ma Xiaotao and Dai Yueheng and nodded his head at them. The two of them also nodded back in acknowledgement.

    On the other side, the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy members also stood up and listened to their teacher's final strategy.

    One minute passed very quickly.

    "Members from both teams, please enter the stage." The Heavenfiend Douluo kept strict watch on time, and didn't extend the time limit by even a second.

    7 members instantly walked out from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's side. Firstly, there was the team leader, Ma Rulong. Behind him were Xiao Hongchen and Meng Hongchen. Following them was Michael, the Class 5 soul engineer that Huo Yuhao and the others had seen in the semifinal match. The remaining 3 were all Class 5 soul engineers too. Because of their unique appearances, everyone from Shrek's team could recognize the 7 members from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy. The last 3 were Xiao Xiafeng, Chen Fei and Lin Xi. Besides Meng Hongchen, everyone else was male.

    Shrek's team was not surprised to see these 7. That's because this was exactly what Teacher Wang Yan had expected.

    Ever since the start of the tournament, Wang Yan had been monitoring the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy silently. Just yesterday, he related everything that he had gathered and analyzed on the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy to everyone from Shrek. He even came up with a detailed plan. Today's victory was highly dependent on his tactics and strategies.

    Since their opponent was already walking towards the competition stage, Shrek Academy also did the same. After everyone entered the waiting area, 7 walked out. However, this was a surprising scene for the spectators and Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy both.

    The 7 from Shrek Academy were the team leader, Ma Xiaotao, vice-team leader Dai Yueheng, Ling Luochen, Bei Bei, Xu Sanshi, Jiang Nannan and He Caitou.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong, who had both contributed greatly in the semifinals, were not in the team lineup. They sat in the waiting area.

    All the spectators who were originally silent started to become noisy.

    Although Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong did not have powerful cultivations, they had left a deep impression in everyone's minds in the previous rounds of the tournament.

    Ever since Huo Yuhao imitated a soul emperor in the first few rounds and unleashed 6 hundred thousand year soul rings, he managed to capture every spectator's attention with that shocking method.

    In the following rounds, he was very effective as long as he appeared. The most obvious examples of this were the time they were against Justsky Academy, and in the semifinal against Star Luo Academy. This pairing of Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong managed to turn the tide on several occasions.

    Even till now, no one was clear on how powerful they were. For those who understood soul masters, they knew that both of them had twin martial souls even though they only had two and three rings respectively. They even possessed a martial soul fusion skill. Although their cultivations were not high, they were still very young, and they had great potential. They could aid their team greatly during a battle, and this was especially obvious during the team round.

    No one could understand the reason why Shrek's team hadn't sent the both of them out for the team round, including the Sun Moon Soul Academy team. Because of this, everyone wore stunned looks on their faces as they watched Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong in the waiting area.

    Was this some new way of winning? What was Shrek Academy doing?

    Wang Yan was expressionless as he sat down in the waiting area. No one knew how he was feeling.

    Wang Yan was exhilarated beneath his calm exterior. When he had first led Shrek's team to Star Luo City, he had had no confidence. This tournament was a huge  for not only the team members, but him too. The further the competition proceeded, the more self-confidence he gained, and the more ideas on tactics and strategies he developed.

    However, Wang Yan had not made too many detailed arrangements in the previous rounds of the tournament. This was even the case in the semifinals.

    What was his reason? It was because he was trying to hide, puzzle and conceal his abilities from their opponent.
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